About This Chapter
Who's It For?
Anyone who needs help learning or mastering European history material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the modern history of Greater Europe. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
- Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
- Students who have fallen behind in memorizing events and people associated with the modern history of Greater Europe
- Students who prefer multiple ways of learning world history (visual or auditory)
- Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
- Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam
How It Works:
- Watch each video in the chapter to review all key topics.
- Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
- Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
- Complete your review with the Modern History of Greater Europe chapter exam.
Why It Works:
- Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only information you need to know.
- Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
- Be Ready on Test Day: Take the Modern History of Greater Europe chapter exam to make sure you're prepared.
- Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any world history question. They're here to help!
- Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.
Students Will Review:
This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the modern history of Greater Europe for a standard world history course. Topics covered include:
- Origins and themes of the Enlightenment
- Leaders of the Scientific Revolution
- The rise of modern nation states
- Events leading up to World War I
- The beginning of World War II
1. The Roots of the Enlightenment
In this lesson, we will learn about the roots of the Enlightenment. We will learn when and how the Enlightenment began, and we will identify the central themes associated with its beginning.
2. Major Themes of the Enlightenment: Reason, Individualism & Skepticism
In this lesson, we will identify the major themes associated with the Enlightenment. We will also explore the major figures and learn about their contributions. We will understand the lasting impact of the Enlightenment by putting it in historical context.
3. The Scientific Revolution: Definition, History, Causes & Leaders
In this lesson we explore the Scientific Revolution and the controversy which surrounds the very term. Additionally, we learn about just a few of the most important thinkers of the period who laid the foundation for our modern understanding of the world.
4. The Formation of Modern Nation States
This lesson explains the formation of the modern nation-states. It will highlight how the decline of feudalism, as well as the decline in church power, helped bring about the modern nation-state. It will also feature several monarchs who ruled during these times.
5. The Development of Monarchical Nation States: the Rise of Power
In this lesson, we will study the rise of powerful kings in Western Europe. We will look at the transition from feudalism to the nation-state and examine four countries in which this transition took place.
6. Causes of World War I: Factors That Led to War
Although World War I began in Europe, it is important to take a look at World War I in relation to U.S. history as well. The U.S. was greatly affected by the war. In this lesson, we'll take a quick and direct look at the causes that led up the war and the assassination that was the final catalyst.
7. World War II: The Start of the Second World War
Learn all about the start of World War II and why the League of Nations could not stop aggression by Italy, Germany and Japan in the 1930s, which led to the outbreak of this second global conflict.
8. Byzantine Emperors: Family Tree & Timeline
For nearly a thousand years after the fall of the Roman Empire in the West, the Empire continued to prosper in the East, centered on the great city of Constantinople. This lesson looks at the Eastern Empire and examines the Emperors who ruled there.
9. Italian Monarchy: Names & Timeline
In this lesson we will learn about the short reign of the Italian monarchy. We will identify the four Italian monarchs, and explore key themes and developments associated with their reign.
10. Parliamentary Procedure: Definition & Terms
Getting large groups of people to work together is never easy, but there are ways to do it. In this lesson, we'll explore the system of parliamentary procedure and see how it's used to keep group work running smoothly.
11. Elizabethan Era Words
During the Elizabethan Era, the vocabulary was much different from that of modern English. Society and culture largely influenced the vocabulary used during the time and writers such as Shakespeare immortalized the unregulated language of the time. In this lesson, we will look at many Elizabethan Era words and compare them to their modern counterparts.
12. The Bosnian Crisis of 1908: Annexation by Austria-Hungary
In this lesson, you will learn about the Bosnian Crisis of 1908, an event important for understanding how World War I (WWI) began. First, you'll learn some background about the competing powers and their ambitions, specifically Russia, Serbia, and Austria-Hungary. Then you'll learn about what happened during the crisis and the effect it had on leading Europe towards WWI.
13. Sinking of the MS Estonia
The MS Estonia was not a ship anyone expected to sink, but it did. How? Why? In this lesson, we'll explore this tragedy and see what happened to the Estonia.
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